All research degree supervisors recognise the importance of their role. Managing research degree students and their projects for the first time offers a great deal of satisfaction; but these roles also come with a great deal of responsibility - supervisors undoubtedly ‘make or break’ the experience for their students. The function of this course is to support supervisors so they can better support their students; thereby enabling Sunderland to offer the best and most productive postgraduate student experience which is possible.
In feedback, staff praised the delivery format of this course. When asked for the strength of this course, responses included:
“The informal style of the course which put attendees at ease encouraging engagement and sharing of opinions and ideas. A variety of speakers and topics retained interest.”
“Highly informative (with) excellent delivery.”
“Practical sessions were good.”
Many participants have suggests that they will translate this course into doing some aspect(s) of supervision more effectively, which included: “Work closer with the students”; “Guiding research students through their research projects”; “cross i's and dot t's when it comes to material published/produced”; “Understand the different approaches to supervision and some of the issues that might arise during one”; “Planning and preparation of annual monitoring”; “Adherence to university policy and procedures”; “I felt that I was encouraged to work with each student as an individual to meet their specific needs in supervision, something I felt intuitively, and now I feel I will be able to implement that effectively.”
A large array of online learning materials can be accessed using Sunderland’s Vitae subscription; which are used in personal development planning / continuing professional development for supervisors to complement our face-to-face course. These will be curated in Canvas.
The programme provides staff with the opportunity to consider